London is simply rife with restaurants, and not always good ones. After a long day absorbing the city’s wonderful cultural exhibits you’ll want to unwind – and there is no better way to do so than with a quality meal. This list will dish up the crème de la crème of dining experiences within the best cultural institutions in London.
The Cut Bar
The Cut serves freshly made food throughout the day from 9am until late evening. This ever-bustling bar and restaurant promotes high quality free range and organic cuisine, combining simple classic British dishes and themes from current theatre events to create the menu. There is a mouthwatering range of meat-based dishes but the menu also includes an impressive number of vegan and vegetarian meals as well.
Gallery Mess is well equipped to feed and water any hungry art enthusiasts who pass its beautiful windowed wall into the vast restaurant space. The room is lined with some of the world’s best contemporary artworks, which are all available from Saatchi’s online gallery.
Almeida Restaurant and Bar
Located across the road from Angel and Islington’s Almeida Theatre, the Almeida Restaurant and Bar serves contemporary French food using sustainable British sources. Catering to its theatre going audience, the restaurant has the option of a set menu, available pre or post theatre.
Royal Court Theatre Café
Locally sourced British produce is served at the Café Bar at The Royal Court Theatre. Taking pride in hand picked British produce, the restaurant promotes quality home cooking and a comprehensive selection of seasonal dishes, cheeses and wines.
Royal Court Theatre, Sloane Square, SW1W 8AS, (+44) 020 7565 5058
National Dining Rooms
National Dining Rooms serves up a delightfully selective à la carte menu, in addition to its daily-changing set menu. Comfortable and relaxed dining amongst mural covered walls for the discerning visitor. In addition to their full menu, The National Dining Rooms also offer Afternoon Tea, a quintessential collection of cakes, scones and sandwiches.
The National Dining Rooms, Sainsbury Wing, The National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN, (+44) 020 7747 2525
The Portrait Restaurant
The Portrait Restaurant is a popular place to dine for people who have built up their hunger after a long afternoon at an exhibition. Perched above the National Portrait Gallery, the restaurant serves British orientated food with a French influence. The food has high standards of cuisine coupled with the location make this a perfect place for those first time visitors to London.
St Martin’s Place, London, WC2H 0HE, (+44) 020 7312 2490
The Blueprint Café
The Blueprint Café serves a monthly à la carte menu in addition to a market menu which serves a selection of the month’s freshest dishes made using the best seasonal ingredients. As expected due to its residency above The Design Museum, the interior of the restaurant is lavish and sleek. Taking inspiration from France to create food that is simple and expertly executed.
Blueprint Café, Design Museum, London, SE1 2YD, (+44) 020 7378 7031
The Court Restaurant
The Court Restaurant at The British Museum serves a wide selection of dishes from modest nibbles and small starter dishes to contemporary main courses and mixed food boards to share, which are perfect for a couple at lunch. The food is well presented and unpretentious, while the setting in which it can be enjoyed is simply stunning. The restaurant is found on the upper floor of the museum and the large skylight illuminates the building’s features during the day.
British Museum, Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG, (+44) 020 7323 8990
No67 works independently as both a café and restaurant, offering menus throughout the day each containing daily changing specials. The intimate lunch atmosphere within the building compliments the impressive menu. For dinner No67 transforms into a cosy bistro, serving an eclectic range of dishes. A particularly nice feature of the restaurant is the ability to take away items, making it perfect for al fresco lunches in the summer.
67 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH, (+44) 020 7252 7649
Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room
The seasonal menu of the Whitechapel Gallery Dining Room changes daily and the range of dishes make this a suitable place to eat for those looking for a small lunchtime bite or a hearty dinner. The inside of the restaurant is contemporary and furnished with light wood, conveying a peaceful relaxed setting.
77-82 Whitechapel High St London E1 7QX, (+44) 020 7522 7896